TYNE VALLEY -- Professor Frederick Newcombe and his faithful assistant Philip Stanton have nothing on the Tyne Valley Players.
Professor Frederick Newcombe (Terry Doran) front left, might have discovered the Elixir of Youth but audience members attending the Tyne Valley Players’ presentation of Second Childhood are sure to discover laughter is the best medicine. Tyne Valley Players will present Second Childhood at Britannia Hall May 26, 27, 30, 31 and June 2 at 7:30 p.m. and June 1 at 3 p.m. Joining Doran are cast members, from second left, Janeen Grigg, Lisa MacDougall; back row, Mike Ford, Pam MacKinnon, Kim Dennis and, missing, Steven Ellis, Rachael Noye, Jeff Noye, Jason Cormier and Marie Barlow.
Newcombe and Stanton have worked for 25 years to discover the Elixir for Youth, and they finally achieve success; the Tyne Valley Players have been presenting farcical comedies and consistently selling out their performances for 29 years.
This year the Tyne Valley Players are presenting Second Childhood. An 11-member cast has been in rehearsals for two months in preparation for their first performance on Monday, May 26
The three-act play, set in the 30’s, focuses on Newcombe, played by Terry Doran, and his assistant (Michael Ford). They finally make their breakthrough and roll out barrels of laughs as they turn old dogs into pups and old men into babies.
As with previous farce comedies, audience members can anticipate terrible consequences will accompany such success.
“Our plays transport the audience back to another era when stage productions such as this were common in community halls all over America,” says Second Childhood director, Keith Milligan.
Over the years, the Tyne Valley Players have built up a loyal following all over the Island. “You might think that these plays appeal to an older generation,” Milligan said, “but they are enjoyed by all ages. Young people come and see what we do and become devoted yearly attendees.”
As in past years, tickets are sold in advance only and can be booked at West Isle Enterprises or by calling there at 831-2662. Names and numbers of tickets can also be left on voicemail outside of normal business hours. All shows are at Britannia Hall with performances on May 26, 27, 30, 31 and June 2 at 7:30 p.m. as well as a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on June 1.
Tickets are limited so early booking is recommended.